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Common Leopard

Common Leopard
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature with Canon EOS400D [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-20 7:49
Viewed: 3327
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Leopard Phalanta phalantha is a beautiful sun-loving butterfly of the Nymphalid or Brush-footed Butterfly family.

The Common Leopard is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 50-55 mm with a tawny colour and marked with black spots. The underside of the butterfly is more glossy than the upper and both the male and female are similar looking. A more prominent purple gloss on the underside is found in the dry season form of this butterfly.

The butterfly is found in southern Asia

Sun loving and avoids shade. Seen in the plains, gardens and edges of clearings. Has active and sharp flight movements. Visits flowers regularly especially Lantana, Duranta, Meyenia laxiflora, Gymnosporia montana and thistles. Often seen mudpuddling from damp patches in the ground, either alone or in groups. A regular basker with wings spread wide open. It is commonest in dry areas and dry weather and absent from the wetter parts of India during the monsoon. It often perches on edges of clearing with wings half open and has the habit of chasing away other butterflies and guarding its territory.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Argynninae
Genus: Phalanta
Species: phalantha

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Hi My friend Haraprasan,
Superb macro capture of this beautiful Common Leopard in all aspects my friend! TFS.


I shot this butterfly a couple of years ago in Himachal Pradesh and I was impressed with its leopard-like looks, HP. The butterfly is aptly named.
You have shot it well with sharp focus on the entire subject.
The eye is particularly well recorded.
TFS and regards.

Splendida cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione con le ali semichiuse e con il controluce che crea delle bellissime trasparenze, buona nitidezza e molto belli i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-20 8:26]

Hello Naraprasan,
Beautiful photo in a great composition. Excellent sharpness and POV. Very beautiful colours.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-20 8:33]

Hi Haraprasan,
Beautiful capture of this butterfly.I liked POV,use of backlight,details,framing and composition a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-20 9:23]

Hi Hara,in this pic the position of the light make a difference!! We can appreciate the transparency of the wongs and the beautifulls colors,my best compliments,have a nice week end,Luciano

Hello my long time friend,
Many thanks for a beautiful butterfly posting!
I loved the pose of it with good sharpness, nice colour and superb details!
wonderful job
take care and regards

Hi Haraprasan,

Very good pose and composition of this butterly.
Nice pov and good dof.


Buen encuadre, luz y colores, aunque con una profundidad algo justa. Me gusta el fondo y el conjuntto es armonioso.

super macro on that one HP! Very well seen from the Indian eye...and if I have another life, I would wish it on a trip to India, and of course Mexico, and Quebec...oh never mind the list is endless...You are Blessed!

Hello Haraprasan,

Good presentation of this butterfly. I like the POV. Very good sharpness, not easy to obtain from this POV. Beautiful light and colours.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-21 3:23]
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Hello HP,
Why there is a bright BG on the picture. Is it a wall or something. My personal feeling is that probably you had the frame too cornered. Thanks for sharing. Ganesh

Namastay Hara da,
Beautiful capture of this spectacular butterfly.Detail in the eye is amazing.
Nice composition.
Great work.

Hello again haraprasan,
Superb close up of this leopard butterfly. TFS. Greetings,

Another great hot Haraprasan. All are perfect! :TFS. Regards,

Hola haraprasan, una excelente fotografia en la que destacaria la composición. Un saludo

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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-07-02 1:04]

Excellent POV, beautiful Leopard composition, Haraprasan. The lights are wonderful and so smooth. Good exposure and lovely colours, too.
Best wishes,

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